The Federation was invited by the Malta Fishing Forum to participate in the organisation of the ORNIS Big Game Fishing Tournament 2011. This event was held in aid of the Puttinu Cares Foundation.
The Federation Secretary Dr. Joe Carabott Damato was appointed as the Tournament Director. Preparations for the event started in February even though the competition itself was to be held at the end of June. The participating boats amounted to just under 70 boats. A Pre Tournament Briefing was held during which all regulations were explained in detail to all participants. A Powerpoint presentation of the procedures to be followed on the day of the competition was shown to the participants during this meeting.
The competition itself was held on the 26th June as scheduled and the event proved to be successful inspite of the fact that weather conditions were not completely favourable. The number of fish caught compared very well with other similar events, and even included a Pastardella and a Blue Fin Tuna. (A special permit was issued by the Fisheries Control Directorate for the event.)
An Awards Presentation Night was held at the Angolina Bar in Birzebbugia on the 14th July. Prizes were presented to all the winners, and the Puttinu Cares Foundation was also presented with a cheque amounting to €15,000.
A second seminar was organised by the Federation on the 19th May 2001. The seminar was opened by the Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries Architect Ninu Zammit B.A.(arch) B.A.(arch Hons) A&CE MP.
Dr Adriana Vella PhD (Cambridge), a conservation biologist at the University of Malta then gave a very interesting talk about cetaceans explaining the various species that are found in maltese and mediterranean waters and also showing some very interesting photographs taken during the various studies conducted during her work. The species covered included various types of dolphins and whales.
Captain R. Gabriele MNI MCIT, Harbour Master, was the next speaker. He explained the Local Maritime Legislation. Te explanation comprised the Malta Maritime Authority Act, Ports Regulations 1966, Dangerous Cargo Ships, Marine Terminals and Facilitiesand Bunkering Regulations 1966, Berthing Regulations 1975, Yachting Centres Regulations 1992, Code of Police Laws, Environment Protection Act 1991 and Merchant Shipping Act 1973.
The last speaker was Mr Nader Bassily from the Atlam Club. Mr Bassily showed the participants a lot of photographs of fish and other marine creatures found in maltee waters as well as a good number of other photographs taken by members of the Atlam Sub Acqua Club during a recent visit to the Red Sea.
The Federation has successfully organised the first seminar about fishing in Malta on the 13th June 1998. Various topics about fishing and other related subjects were covered during this seminar. The speakers and subjects covered were:
- A talk about Fish Biology by Mr Guido Lanfranco.
- A Talk about Safety at Sea by Capt. R. Gabriele MNI MCIT (Harbour Master).
- A Talk about Deep Sea Trawling and Surface Drift Nets by Mr. Paul Portelli (Greenpeace).
- Speech by Honourable Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries Mr. Noel Farrugia.
- A talk about Marine Fauna in Harbours by Mr. John Borg (Marine Fauna Ecologist).